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The Spirit and the Word: Prophecy and Tradition in Ancient Israel

Author: 
K. C. Hanson (Editor) Sigmund Mowinckel (Author)
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Description

This volume brings together some of Mowinckel's most important and interesting work on the prophets. He begins by introducing the reader to the method of tradition history and how it is related to form criticism and literary criticism. From this groundwork, he goes on to explore how this method is essential for analyzing the prophetic literature in the Hebrew Bible.

In order to make it more helpful for students, each essay has been supplemented with additional notes and bibliography to show where the discussion has continued since Mowinckel. A bibliography of Mowinckel's works in English and a bibliography of essays evaluating Mowinckel's contributions are also included. This will provide an excellent supplementary textbook for courses on the prophets.

Key Features:

  • provides an introduction in Old Testament tradition history
  • an editor's foreword highlights the importance of Mowinckel's work
  • includes updated notes and bibliographies
  • includes chapters not previously published in the U.S.
  • indexes of ancient sources and authors
ISBN: 
9780800634872
Price: 
$17.00
Release date: 
August 8, 2002
Pages: 
192
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

"Sigmund Mowinckel, the prolific Norwegian scholar whose career spanned half of a century until his death in 1965, is best known for his work on the Psalms, but he repeatedly returned to the prophets whom he saw as key religious leaders in ancient Israel. In the publications assembled in this book he exhibits a sensitive feel for the character of their life and work, especially the manner in which their utterances grew into a body of oral traditions and finally became the literary books we now have in the Hebrew Bible. With exceptional insight, Mowinckel demonstrates how the prophets' religious and moral fervor lent authority to their message, producing a tremendous impact not only on their own followers but on generations to come."
— Douglas A. Knight, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Chair of the Graduate Department of Religion Vanderbilt University

"This choice selection of Sigmund Mowinckel's writings on prophecy succinctly articulates the basic principles that have shaped the study of prophecy for the past hundred years. As biblical scholarship moves beyond historical criticism, this is a timely reminder of this methodology's great strengths and achievements, as well as a concise summary of the brute facts about prophetic literature that any approach must account for. The editor's supplementary notes enable readers to trace how scholarship has evolved since Mowinckel, often building on his insights. This work will be most helpful for students and scholars alike."
— Michael H. Floyd, Author of Minor Prophets: Part Two